NBC: Rahm Emanuel accepts position as Obama’s chief of staff

posted at 3:03 pm on November 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Believe it — Mr. Cool and Captain F-Bomb, together at last. Yuval Levin reads the writing on the wall:

He is smart and tough. But he has been, in both positions [as Clinton staffer and House member], a vicious graceless partisan: narrow, hectic, unremittingly aggressive, vulgar, and impatient. Those who have worked for and with him come away impressed but not inspired, and generally not loyal.

The White House chief of staff is not a chief strategist or a chief advocate. He is a manager of people and of process. Above all else, he sets the tone internally, and shapes the president’s decision process and the feel of the upper tiers of the administration. Obama is especially in need of someone who will lead him to decisions, because he appears to be intensely averse to making difficult choices—which is the essence of what the president does. His inclination is to step back and conceptualize the choice out of existence, looking reasonable but doing nothing. To overcome this, he will need a chief of staff with a sense of the gravity of the choices the president faces, and one capable of moving the staff to decision, keeping big egos satisfied and calm, and resisting the pressure to be purely reactive to momentary distractions. None of this spells Rahm Emanuel.

Daschle was the touted alternative; instead, he went with a crony from Chicago. Word on the street is that we could be looking at Secretary of State John Kerry by the end of the week. Can you feel it?


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Secretary of Defense John Murtha

carbon_footprint on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Shut your dirty mouth!

SouthernDem on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Fed Chief Barbara Boxer

Chuck Schick on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Secretary of the Interior (Design) – Bawney Fwank

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Sec Def McCain

MM2 on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Ray Nagin – FEMA – J.P.

Ray Nagin is supposedly gunning for William Jefferson’s job once that corrupt bastard goes to jail. The district (mine) is so full of ignorant blacks that Mr. Nagin may well be going to Washington so the rest of you can experience the joy at is C.Ray.

highhopes on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

and Ayers can run his Department of Peace

scalleywag on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Clinton retread – check
Bitter partisan – check
Chicago thug – check

Where’s that New Politics thingy? Anyone? Bueller?

rockmom on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Secretary of the Interior (Design) – Bawney Fwank

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

That’s funny tight there.. I don’t care who you are.

romanianhacker on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Supreme Court Justices Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Hillary Clinton………..

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Wesley Clark as head of the joint chiefs.

William Ayres as head of homeland security.

Kalidi as ambassador to Israel.

Wright as the newly formed Department of re-education.

Minister Farrakhan as the head of the newly formed Civilian Army.

csdeven on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Press Secretary Howard Dean

Chuck Schick on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

What’s up with Obama and radical Jews?

marklmail on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

That’s funny right there.. I don’t care who you are.

romanianhacker on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

CULTURE OF CUWWUPTION!

blatantblue on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Kucinich as head of NASA.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Department of Chocolatism Secretary Ray Nagin

blatantblue on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Sec State Winfrey

MM2 on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Riddle me the story, Batman. I mean, Bratman or Bratwoman. I heard a bit of this earlier. Steak Knife?

HornetSting on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

From the headlines thread and Rush also read this today:

Emanuel is said to have “mailed a rotting fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways.”

On the night after the Clinton election, “Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! … Dead! … Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name.”
This from wiki.

Makes me happy. Can’t wait for him to screw up.

faraway on November 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Bratwoman!

Thanks Hornet I have another nickname!

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Good. Let Obama strip Congress of its rabid libs. It’ll make it easier for us to take it back in 2010. Provided we get our act together and start fighting.

Iblis on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Kalidi as ambassador to Israel – CS

DING DING DING

“WE HAVE A WINNAAAAH!!!”

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Reaching across the aisle to throttle the opposition. Time we played that way,too.

bbz123 on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Treasury Secretary George Soros

Rick on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Kucinich as head of NASA.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

LOL

Will he direct the building of a spaceport for transient aliens?

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Aunt Zeituni – head of ICE

bluejacket on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Say what you will about him he is one of the best in bare knuckled politics with incredible instincts. The Dems took over in 2004 because of him and they know it. He will be feared by all as chief of staff. Whether that is good or bad, Obama knows it.

patrick neid on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

i’m glad it is going this way, if only to insure his defeat in 2012 and more republicans in 2010.

Nuge em on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

where do I sign up for the free gas? I don’t have a mortgage so will he pay my rent? Hey, look at it this way…we now have 4 years to make fun of all his silly pie in the sky proposals. He’s promised so many people so many things his approval rating will be in the dumpster by next June when it turns out there isn’t enough “change” to fund them all.

scalleywag on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Kucinich as head of NASA.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Bonney Fwank is holding out for that one.

“I wuv to play with the wockets!”

AubieJon on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I wonder if the Obama-Biden administration will appoint a Secretary of Scranton

blatantblue on November 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Isn’t it odd how everyone mentioned is ethically or mentally challenged in one respect or another? All of them are either radicals, crooks or nuts.

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

AubieJon on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Pocket rockets

MM2 on November 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Provided we get our act together and start fighting.

Iblis on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I can’t wait for them to start the fighting amongst themselves. There has been some of that in the past 2 years.

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

The Clintons are getting nothing from Obama. Nothing.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

I wonder if the Obama-Biden administration will appoint a Secretary of Scranton

blatantblue on November 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

SCRANTON! DRINK!

Enoxo on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Kucinich as head of NASA.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

LOL

+LOL…see, it’s too much fun already!

scalleywag on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

I stopped my 401k today,
I for one will not lose one more dollar of my hard earned money so all the Peggies the moochers out there can have it.
My Father was a POW held in China during the Korean war from Apr 1952 until aug 1953, they were told back then that America was going to fall from within, well we have a Marxist/Racist elected for President and the Democrates are nothing more than the Socalist Party of America…due the math!

atwitsend on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

UN Ambassador Ibrahim Hooper

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Payback to his patrons. The Chicago Way.

PattyJ on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

The chickens are roosting. What do they have left to rant about?

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

figure there will be more “Obama is the Messiah” talk from them like Fahrakahn said recently. Good stuff to have on tape to freak people out with, even though MSM will not report it

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

right out of the gate……so much for bipartisanship

jcheney on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

HHS Secretary Dr. Jack Kevorkian (or Dr. Oz)

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

And here I was hoping for change.

sheesh on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

I have a feeling we Hot Air posters are going to have a shitload of fun this go around.

blatantblue on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Payback to his patrons. The Chicago Way.

PattyJ on November 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

That’s the way it is.

“Don’t make no waves, and don’t back no losers.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM

What about the 300 advisers? Is he going to add over 200 cabinet positions for them?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Why not? Caligula weakened the Senate by overly expanding it.

And making his horse a Senator.

pseudonominus on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

I’m just relieved that Oprah gets to buy a new party dress.

scalleywag on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Barney Frank… Secretary of Defense?

Maxx on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Homeland Security Secretary Cindy Sheehan.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

I think it’s a great choice. The more people from the hard left he brings on his taff the better and the ilusion of him governing from the center is going to go away soon.

clemycali on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Why not? Caligula weakened the Senate by overly expanding it.

And making his horse a Senator.

pseudonominus on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

And FDR threatened to expand SCOTUS if Social Security was found unconstitutional.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Attorney General Paul Begala.

Travis1 on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

But who will be the vice president pick?

MattMacD on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

A dog with a sign over its head.

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Second verse, same as the first!

Mr. Bingley on November 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

A little bit louder and a whole lot worse.

MarkTheGreat on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Would Obam have won if his wife was white?

tomas on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

I stopped my 401k today,
I for one will not lose one more dollar of my hard earned money so all the Peggies the moochers out there can have it.
My Father was a POW held in China during the Korean war from Apr 1952 until aug 1953, they were told back then that America was going to fall from within, well we have a Marxist/Racist elected for President and the Democrates are nothing more than the Socalist Party of America…due the math!

atwitsend on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Come on, that’s really silly. The plan, which was just suggested by someone in testimony, is to eliminate the tax breaks, not to take your balance.

PS- Ambassador to Israel Cynthia McKinnon

Chuck Schick on November 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

I can’t decide…..

Secretary of Energy Algore

OR

EPA Chief Algore

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

When I think of Rahm Emanuel, I’m reminded of the Clinton spin machine, and slime, lots of slime, enough slime to drown the Statue of Liberty.

Change? New Direction? Friggin joke I say, and we all knew from the get-go.

Expect Clinton 2.0 raised to the power of 10, with a dash of Jimmah to really poison the pot.

Slicky Phony should be Obama’s new moniker.

fogw on November 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Hey the markets down 435
Just for fun look up the stock markets returns during the last 2 Democrat president/congress tenures.
Great if your shorting the market- otherwise not so much

jjshaka on November 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Secretary of Education William Ayres

Rick on November 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

The Clintons are getting nothing from Obama. Nothing.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

OK…………. Please welcome Supreme Court Justice Jamie Gorelick!

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Minister Farrakhan as the head of the newly formed Civilian Army.

csdeven on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

I was thinking of re-uniting Chuck D and Flava Flav to form Public Enemy 2.0

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

That’s real change: the most hyper-partisan punk in the Congress. Don’t wait for the media to question this pick

sladenyv on November 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

OMB Director Chris Dodd

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

So…..who will be in charge of the brown shirts?
grapeknutz on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Barney Frank, of course

(see: Earnst Roehm)

pseudonominus on November 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Secretary of the Fairness Doctine – Charles Schumer

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Director of the National Drug Control Policy Amy Winehouse

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Chicago politics is all about business and getting deals done, there really isn’t a strong ideological component. No one much cares about ideology, and that is how someone like Ayers gets an ‘in’.

Sheerq on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Isn’t it odd how everyone mentioned is ethically or mentally challenged in one respect or another? All of them are either radicals, crooks or nuts.

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

We’re talking Democrats here. It’s not like he has a lot of choice.

MarkTheGreat on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Press Secretary: James Carville

pseudonominus on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

I wonder who will man the Department of Hope and Happiness?

Maxx on November 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Are you ready for Intelligence Director Patrick Leahy?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Fahrakahn as head of NASA.

He can set up regular shuttles to the mother ship.

MarkTheGreat on November 5, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Obama didn’t speak a word of truth this entire year. They were all lies. I expect this kind of news to get much, much worse. We will be looking at the most liberal, antagonistic administration in history.

bilups on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Yep, but many American’s lapped it up blinded by THE EMTPY SUITS charisma and smooth talkin!

While I have a particular dislike for the French (I apologize to any on HA of French background) I reluctantly admit they were right when they said, “American’s are fat and stupid.” The fact our nation elected an empty suited pop icon/celebrity with little or no executive experience in running a government (or small business for that matter) and is extremely weak on foreign affairs in these precarious times tells me people were blinded by his charisma and did not seriously look into what Obama stood for (other than repeating “Hope and Change”) nor did they study or truly know his agenda and ideology, instead all they saw was a smooth talking used car salesman, and what a salesman he is as more Americans voted for him than McCain.

In time we will all find out about Obama’s true goals, agenda, and ideology, and the man behind the suit, the difference is now it is too late to do anything about it if we don’t like what we see as he is now president elect Obama.

For those on HA that supported and voted for Obama I congratulate you, but keep in mind; now that Obama has successfully been elected he must now put his actions where his rhetoric has been, no longer will the repeating of the “Hope and Change” mantra suffice and we will all soon learn if Obama is a real leader that can truly bring hope and change or instead Obama supporters were hood-winked and bamboozled by an empty suited, pop icon/celebrity, used car salesman of no substance.

As for me I’m betting Obama is the latter, but only the next four years will tell if I’m right or if I’m wrong…it should be interesting for sure!

Liberty or Death on November 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

The plan, which was just suggested by someone in testimony, is to eliminate the tax breaks, not to take your balance.

Chuck Schick on November 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

That comes next, a la Argentina.

MarkTheGreat on November 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Chief of Staff/Bodyguard

Even Obama knows that if too many people ask too many questions, the veil will come off.

Probably a smart move to put an attack dog at the front door.

sherry on November 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM

ROLFLMAO….DOW down 5% on mister hope and change election results. All those 65million idiots hhow do you like your 401k’s now? idiots.

DOw 7,000 by jan

unseen on November 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Rosie O’ Donnell as Ambassador to…

Outer Mongolia!

And take Joy Bahar with you!

kingsjester on November 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Markos Moulitsas as head of the gestapo / stasi

My collie says:

Do you suppose that they’ll bust down Allahpundit’s door in the middle of the night and drag him off for interrogation?

I’m just glad that he can’t supply them with my real name.

CyberCipher on November 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Chicago politics is all about business and getting deals done, there really isn’t a strong ideological component. No one much cares about ideology,

That must explain why everybody there is far left to hard left in ideology.

MarkTheGreat on November 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Now, Jamie G. is a better guess.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 5, 2008 at 3:50 PM

I stopped my 401k today,
I for one will not lose one more dollar of my hard earned money so all the Peggies the moochers out there can have it.
My Father was a POW held in China during the Korean war from Apr 1952 until aug 1953, they were told back then that America was going to fall from within, well we have a Marxist/Racist elected for President and the Democrates are nothing more than the Socalist Party of America…due the math!

atwitsend on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

So true. The Dictator is a Marxist Racist. I know we have four years to plan maybe. This is what worries me. A sick person can do plenty in four years. I pray this wonderful web site is still here. Guess Our Beautiful Country will be no more.

sheebe on November 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM

With Bush, Cheney, McCain and Palin no longer in the picture to kick around, what will the liberal media do to keep up their ratings and circulation?
That was all that kept them alive was bashing the Republicans.
They have to start attacking and questioning Obama’s actions and decisions, they have to start digging up and throwing dirt out on him….sooner or later.
If they don’t who will read their blogs, publications and TV shows? You can only write so many glowing, fluff articles about Michelle’s wardrobe and Obama being the first Black President. Readers and viewers will get bored quick and want to see the negative in the media.

albill on November 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Mr. HOPEYCHANEY causes DOW to drop 5% You can not make this stuff up. all those wealthy affluent white people that voted for Obama due to white guilt how much did that guilt cost you today. the Dow will never see 9500 again for the next 4 years…..

LOL

unseen on November 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Hey! Once we fill up his cabinet, we can start on his pardons and Lincoln Bedroom guests!

Next four years are gonna be one heckuva spectacle!

RushBaby on November 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Maybe Obama will throw a bone to Ron Paul (to show his bipartisanship).

Sir Napsalot on November 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Press Secretary: James Carville

pseudonominus on November 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Press Secretary: Helen Thomas

JetBoy on November 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Have to go to work, will miss you all for 2 1/2 hours. Thank you for keeping me sane. Even though we are on the net. I can read and feel what you all are saying.

God Bless you all, See you in a few hours.

Michelle, Ed and Allah Thank You too!

sheebe on November 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM

I hope and pray Peggy Noonan, David Frum, Brooks, and Parker had a ton of money in the market….What beeter payback….. LOL. Anyone that didn’t see this coming should not be in the market….socialism and stock markets do not work well together. Wait till $5trillion in 401k and IRA’s is taken out of the market by govermental takeover. DOW 1500 here we come…..

unseen on November 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM

One interesting thing to watch will be how Biden will interact with the Secretary of State. My guess is there will be turf battles.

Biden’s going to be the one to watch. With his temper and tendency toward verbal gaffes, he may become a one man comedy show. Especially if he feels that he is not powerful enough in the administration.

I’ve already heaved my heavy sigh. I will now sit back and watch Obama/Biden Unintentional Comedy Hour and get involved more in local politics.

GinaE on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Heeheehee. The Obama administration is going to be a nonstop carnival of comedy. I wonder how many staffers they’ll have to hire to keep Michelle Obama from embarrassing herself on an hourly basis.

Gilda on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

I can’t decide…..

Secretary of Energy Algore

OR

EPA Chief Algore

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

I think algore will be appointed in a new role/agency as Climate Change Czar

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Yep -

HOPE AND CHANGE ARE COMING!

HOPE you have something left for your Retirement.

CHANGE will be all you have left in your pocket/purse.

EVERYBODY – DO THE HUSTLE!

DA DA DA…DA-DA…DA-DA-DA-DA……..

kingsjester on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

stopped my 401k today,
I for one will not lose one more dollar of my hard earned money so all the Peggies the moochers out there can have it.
My Father was a POW held in China during the Korean war from Apr 1952 until aug 1953, they were told back then that America was going to fall from within, well we have a Marxist/Racist elected for President and the Democrates are nothing more than the Socalist Party of America…due the math!

atwitsend on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

smart move….get out of the market. we go down another 20%

unseen on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

kingsjester on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

We can only “hope” that the brother can spare some “change” for us poor slobs…

unseen on November 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Bwahahahahaha!!!!

Obama is going to spend the next four years in the shadow of the people he surrounds himself with. He is the puppet. But we’ve known that from the beginning.

csdeven on November 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

When Kerry was running for Pres., congress in MA changed the law so that then Gov. Romney couldn’t choose his replacement. They decided for a special election. Ironically, now Deval Patrick can’t choose his replacement. If the state of MA is lucky, BHO will take Deval Patrick too.

DJ from MA on November 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

What will the American public, who voted for O they would feel good about themselves, think when all these wingnuts are appointed the high profile jobs and start governing from the far left?

Shock and awe?

illustr8r on November 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM

the entire MSM is Obama’s Press Secretary

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM

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